Music Jam Session While Working in Nerd Cave

I have been working in the Nerd Cave trying to declutter and organize. I need to get rid of some stuff that I have piled all over that I never use. The goal would be to build a little makerspace in the office but in order to do so things gotta go. I started pulling out CD’s(remember these?) from my collection and as I was listening I thought it would be fun to do another music review as I have not done one in a while.

Amos Lee: Amos Lee

This is one of the best albums in 2005 if not that decade. This is an album that you listen to from start to finish.

  1. Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight
  2. Seen It All Before
  3. Arms Of A Woman
  4. Give It Up
  5. Dreamin
  6. Soul Suckers
  7. Colors
  8. Bottom Of The Barrel
  9. Black River
  10. Love In The Lies
  11. All My Friends



Aerosmith: Pump

What a great intro song with Young Lust. One cannot but want to rock to this opener to a great album. I have not listened to this record in easily over 15 years. Right away I had to get up and shake it a bit with my three year old!

But….. then jam #2 came with FINE and I was swaying just like Steven Tyler.

And then one of the best songs of their career, “Love In An Elevator”. Enough said about this track.

4. Monkey On My Back is a album filler. Not bad, not great.

5. Janie’s Got a Gun – Not going to lie this was the song that hooked me on Aerosmith as a kid. I think it was the video, but it was my gateway song to a collection that rocks.

6. Dulcimer Stomp is just a build into….

7. The Other Side – another classic. Man, I forgot how many jams were on this song. I really dig the rhythm of this song. It just flows. It is a nice bridge between songs on the album, but it is more than a bridge. Once again, it is a song you cannot help but sing along with and wish you could play guitar like Joe.

8. My Girl is another fun romp, but nothing that will stand out.

9. Don’t Get Mad, Get Even – I love the drums and vibe of this song. I really like this jam.

10. Voodoo Medicine Man – Another great little jam that is just fun to turn the volume up and rock. Simple as that.

11. What It Takes – Holy cow! I did not recognize the title until it came on and I was instantly singing along like a trip down memory lane. A classic Aerosmith ballad that just grabs you and does not let go. You know you want to sing along or maybe grab your lighter if you remember those day!


Chris Duarte Group: Romp

I needed some good old blues and Christ Duarte is one that I enjoy. I have not listened to him in a long time. I actually have never listened to this album so it was nice to mix things up a bit. After listening to a blues band on Navy Pier this weekend I needed a blues fix and this album did the job.


What are some jams that you have been listening to this summer?

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Coffee For The Brain Mixtape Challenge.

Coffee For The Brain Mixtape Challenge. Okay I am cleaning and organizing. I just organized all purchased albums. So here is the mixtape scenario. Give me a number between 1-700. First twenty numbers I will go to that album in the sequence and select one track from album. This will be a 20 song mix. Caution to picture, whole top row is all Dave Matthews so pick accordingly. Here we go
I am doing the same thing on Facebook and will share both mixtapes when completed. 

Photo: Facebook Mixtape challenge. Okay I am cleaning and organizing. I just organized all purchased albums. So here is the mixtape scenario. Give me a number between 1-700. First twenty numbers I will go to that album in the sequence and select one track from album. This will be a 20 song mix. Caution to picture, whole top row is all Dave Matthews so pick accordingly. Here we go

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Enlighten Me With Your Musical Insighgt

I saw this picture and just had to repost to create some good discussion. I am in need of some good insight after my stupid watch not working during my 5K test run this morning.

Go ahead and let me know.

For me it is currently the new Green Day album. Not sure why, but when their songs pop up I am never in the mood to listen.

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My Dave Matthews Weekend Recap

I have been meaning to write about my past weekend in Noblesville, IN to watch my favorite band of all time – Dave Matthews Band. I traveled to Deer Creek with my two brother in laws and my college buddy. My brother in law, Adam, my college buddy, Tommy, and my friend, James, who I have been friends with since we were 4 months old have traveled each summer watching Dave for at least the past 5 years. This two shows put me over seeing Dave 15 times. I have been to quite a few shows, but nothing in comparison to other fans who are in the 100’s.

I don’t know how to describe the experience. Dave has an energy that the crowd just feeds off of. I have been to too many concerts to count, but Dave is one of the very few that just puts you in a trance with his music and the crowd. You become part of something much larger than yourself. You never know what song you are getting next and with a two night stand you love the fact that both shows will be completely different.

We headed out Thursday night around 5 which is 6 Indiana time. It is about an 5.5 hour drive. About 3 hours into the drive we stopped at a McDonalds for some grub and it was here that I realized I did not pack my wallet. No wallet means I did not have the credit card for the hotel and did not have my drivers license to show for ticket pickup for will call and also for getting into the pubs around town that have music both before and after the shows. Friday morning Amanda was nice enough to send my identification via UPS overnight with a 9:30 am guarantee. That was a nice $80 price tag, but worth every penny.

Thursday night we made it to my buddy’s house who lives in Indy. We stayed up until about 4:30 playing ping pong and old Mario Cart. It does not take much to entertain us!

Seat locations N1Friday morning we headed out to the hotel and for some lunch. We got things figured out and headed to the venue around 4 for some Dave tailgating which is such a great time listening to music, talking with other fans, and playing bags. Friday night we had upper pavilion seats and got in to see Gary Clark Jr. open up. He put on a great show. To the left is our seats during the opener. We had to ask people to switch seats so all 5 of us could be together. People are so awesome that nobody even gave it a second thought.

Just as the sun was setting I snapped a picture of the crowd behind us. I love this venue.  It might be my favorite venue of all I have been too. There is not a bad seat in the venue.

DMB Deer Creek night 1 

Here is the setlist for N1

Dave Matthews Band
June 22, 2012
Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN

Eh Hee
The Stone
You & Me
Proudest Monkey »
Everybody Wake Up (Our Finest Hour Arrives)
So Right
Mercy »
Out of My Hands
All Along the Watchtower
Funny the Way It Is
Typical Situation
Don’t Drink the Water
So Damn Lucky »
Ants Marching

Typical Situation was the highlight. It has not been played by the full band since 9.10.09 which knocked it off the liberation list. I loved Watchtower with Gary Clark Jr. on guitar midset. Nobody saw that coming. I honestly thought this was a rocking show. I loved it. I sang my heart out and I had proof as the next day my stomach muscles and chest were super sore from yelling and singing. Many people we talked with thought the show was mellow, but I dug it big time. Little did I know that N2 was going to be epic by many standards. The new songs sounded great and it won’t be long until the crowd joins in the sing alongs with Gaucho. It is just too new and I remember Big Whiskey songs feeling the same way a few years back and now the crowd just sings their hearts out. I can’t wait for the new album.

Friday night we were back in our hotel around 3 am. It was late by the time we gathered everyone as some of us never made it back to the van. We have a one hour rule and if you are not back by one hour after the show we leave you behind. This sounds mean, but our hotel is less than a mile away and it is probably faster to walk than drive with the way they route the cars.

Saturday morning I was up and ready to get going. All of a sudden we realized this was our last night to our weekend. Around 11:30 we headed over to the venue (well, those of use that were awake). Box office opened at noon and we were told we could get our tickets. My UPS package had arrived and off we went. Unfortunately, all tickets could be picked up except PIT tickets. Yes, we had Pit tickets for N2. We hung out a bit and came back around 3:30 for the 4:00 pick up time. We started tailgating super early and just enjoyed the sunshine, people, and music again. I stood in line, grabbed my ticket and made another ticket exchange for two more pits. We were waiting our last two pit tickets, but we were stood up by a fellow WH member. Luckily, I found two more tickets for my friends so they could see the show.

IMG_3304I made my way to the pit and just was blown away. I have never been so close and I just absorbed it all. I loved watching the interactions and the nonverbal communication of the band. It was so cool. On top of it all the setlist is one that is going to be hard to beat. I later learned Minarets was supposed to start the encore, but for some reason it was scratched. Had they played that it would have been a miracle setlist.

The Dancing Nancies into Warehouse made it for me. I love Warehouse. This song just gets the crowd so into it and this has always been a favorite of mine. If Only is going to be one of my favorites I can tell. I love the vibe of this song. Two Step was mind blowing as always and they completely jammed out hard to end the mainset. Boyd was able to let loose several times during this show and I just love watching him go crazy. Pig was epic. The stuff animals of pigs in the Pit and the excitement this song brings. It just has all the highs and lows that make Dave music so great. You are chill one minute, and singing on top of your lungs the next.

I was dead center and about 15 feet back from Dave

A 20 minute Jimi Thing with a sing along to start, Dave scat(my favorite part of any show), nice jam was just unheard of. Then the crowd started singing Thank You. Dave caught on with Rashawn and next thing you know they are singing Sexy MF along with the crowd. It was just too cool to put into words.

Dave Matthews Crowd During Encore 6.23.12 I had no idea what to expect during the encore. I prayed for Halloween. I know it has been in rotation lately, but I have never heard it live and always plead and beg for it. It is one of my all time favorites that I have always wanted live. I got it!!!!!! It was spectacular. I recorded the entire encore, but for some reason the audio cuts out and I can’t hear anything. My phone is all messed up. It started acting up during the weekend where it would just go crazy. It works, but nothing is very easy. It was one of those weekends with not bringing my wallet, phone going crazy, and ticket issues of being screwed out of two VIP Pit tickets. However, it was all worth it due to the amazing shows the band provided.

Below is the setlist. I have listened to this show at least three times since this weekend. I feel so blessed to have been part of this show. You must listen to this show if you are a Dave fan. It will capture you for sure. Head to and listen to it. It will make you eargasm.

Thank you DMB for giving me probably my best Dave weekend ever and one of the best shows of all time. I cannot put this show into words anymore. You had to live it, breathe it, and be there to understand how amazing it was.

Yes, I think I am almost back to being recovered from three night of being up until 5 am. This body does not do that anymore as usually by 5 am I am working out not going to bed.

Here is the link to my YouTube channel where I put the videos up that actually worked:

Here is the N2 setlist

Dave Matthews Band
June 23, 2012
Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN

[Unknown Song] [tease] »
Why I Am
You Never Know
Seek Up
The Song That Jane Likes
Spaceman »
Corn Bread
Dancing Nancies »
Stay or Leave
Fool to Think
Jimi Thing
Shake Me Like a Monkey
If Only »
Two Step
Improv Jam [fake] »
Halloween »
Tripping Billies
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I meant to post this video SO LONG AGO – He Man Dance Mash-Up…….thanks Dad

My dad sent me this link way back in the middle of January. I kept meaning to share it with all of you because 1. He-Man is AWESOMESAUCE! 2. This mash-up works out perfect. A perfect video after a long week

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Coffeechug Challenge: "Best of 2011" Playlist

Here it is.

You knew this question was coming.

What is your “Best Of 2011” Playlist?

You can playlist by song or by albums.

Yes, my playlist is coming. I am just listening to a few stack of albums that I need to listen to before I finalize(like I just added a Tune Yards track). Send your playlists in the comments or share playlist via Spotify if you have that.

Let’s do this.

1. Playlist must either be all songs or all albums
2. Songs and albums must be from 2011
3. Yes, you can make two playlists if you wish – 1. Songs  2. Albums

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Music Journey: Dave Matthews Band – Live Trax Series 1 Review

As you may or may not know, I love Dave Matthews Band. I have set out this summer to listen to and review each of the 20 Live Trax concerts. You can read more here.

Here is the first review:

I forgot how much I dig this Live Trax. Being the first one it had to be one of main reasons that I have continued to buy almost every single Live Trax(all 20 of them) over the course of the last few years when this all started.

According to Wikipedia:

Live Trax Vol. 1 is the first release of the Dave Matthews Band‘s Live Trax series. This two-disc set was released on November 2, 2004 and features the band’s live performance at the former Centrum Centre in Worcester, MA on December 8, 1998.

The show featured songs from all of the band’s four albums at the time: Remember Two Things, Under the Table and Dreaming, Crash, and the most recent Before These Crowded Streets. The five members of the Dave Matthews Band were joined by guitarist Tim Reynolds and keyboardist Butch Taylor throughout the duration of the show. Songs such as “Don’t Drink the Water”, “#41”, and “The Last Stop” featured guest banjo player Béla Fleck in addition to the rest of the band. During “#41,” saxophonist Jeff Coffin from Béla Fleck and the Flecktones guested with Béla and the rest of the band for a 20-minute jam which featured an interpolation of the Flecktones’ song “Sojourn of Arjuna” off the album Left of Cool.

I am more of a DMB fan without Butch Taylor on the keyboard as I like the rock vibe and louder feel to the shows since his departure, but listening to this Live Trax and recently listening the deluxe Weekend On the Rocks 8 CD three night show I have forgotten how he brings a great vibe to the band.

Live Trax brings me back to the days of Leroi and Butch and the vibe is so much more chill and I love it.

Here is the setlist of the show
1 Seek Up
2 Linus and Lucy
3 Pantala Naga Pampa » Rapunzel
4 Satellite
5 Don’t Drink the Water
6 Jimi Thing 7 Stay (Wasting Time)

Disc 2
1 #41
2 So Much To Say » Anyone Seen the Bridge?
3 Too Much
4 Drive In, Drive Out
5 Tripping Billies
6 I’ll Back You Up
7 The Last Stop

This show starts off with Seek Up which is an 18 minute jam to start the show. What an opener! A great start to the show that really gets things going in the right direction.

However, the one downer to this show is the Linus and Lucy jam that follows. I like the little Charlie Brown solo, but not 7 minutes of it. Give me a about a minute or two and then move on to the next song. This is what I don’t miss about Butch Taylor. To me this was 7 minutes of concert time that could have been added to any of the other great songs or more jam time with Bela Fleck.

I like the recovery of PNP into Rapunzel. I know it has been done over and over, but I love this combo and don’t think it will ever get old to me. It just has a great summer vibe. I always sing at the top of my lungs to this one. The drums make me do that dumb finger drum playing thing that we concert goers do when jamming. The little Dave scream at the ~3:50 mark I love! It is the small things that make me love a show.

Satellite is Satellite and you know what you are getting with this song.

However, when he moves into Don’t Drink the Water with Bela……WOW! Love it. Great jam with Bela on the banjo. A great pick up to the show. This is a great song without any guests, but having Bela just makes it better. Then he moves right into Jimi Thing which is a great transition. A 13 minute Jimi Thing jam works at this point in the show. My man Boyd tears up the violin on this song. Not only Boyd, but everyone in the band has their moment of glory to show off their skills. Timmy on guitar, Leroi, and the rest of the crew just jam this song out. I forgot how great this version of Jimi Thing really is. I am moving that song version to my DMB Fave playlist right now.

The show just does not slow down when from Jimi Thing it slides right into another favorite of mine, Stay. But, I must straight to the jam of all jams and of course I am talking about #41.

Bela Fleck joins the crew and this is one of the best jams. I cannot remember what other versions are out there in the LT series, but I don’t know if this #41 jam will be beat. Leroi destroys the brass on this song. You also have Jeff Coffin joining which he shows why he is now added to the live crew after the death of Leroi. Adding a little banjo, Dave on guitar and of course the drumming is top notch quality I am not sure if there is 20 minutes of music that gets any better than this. The little banjo/guitar solo after the 8 minute mark is so cool. It almost makes you want to learn to play the banjo! The last thing I can say about this song is the end when Dave sings his little outro, “Maybe I will…..” Words cannot do this song justice. Yes, this song moved over to my ultimate DMB Setlist playlist. Not sure if it will be topped and not sure where it will end up in my setlist, but I think it will last the next 19 Live Trax listens. Tough to outdo this version.

Quickly moving on to the rest of the show as I have rambled on quite a bit already, the band moves right into So Much To Say with an Anyone Seen The Bridge that I live. So Much is standard with every show, the The Bridge was very cool. I would love to hear this version live. They then move onto another standard of Too Much. Then they pack a one two punch with Drive In Drive Out which I just love the emotion followed by a great Tripping Billies.

He then slows things down with I’ll Back You Up which I love this song. However, I would have liked to see him keep the energy level up with another big one, but I enjoy this song so I cannot complain too much. They then close the show with a stellar The Last Stop. A 20 minute rendition that blows the show up and brings everything to an amazing close.

That sums up Live Trax #1 for me. I am out and ready to move on to Live Trax #2.

Have you listened to Live Trax #1? If so, what are your thoughts? Until Next Time……..

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Music Journey: Dave Matthews Band – Live Trax Series 1-20

Listening to DMB Live Trax 1.

So Good.

My goal is to listen to all 20 live recordings in this series, review them all, and create master playlist.

Let the journey begin.

Dave Matthews Band - Live Trax Volume 1

A great way to start as this concert contains Bela Fleck and Timmy during the year of 1998 which some argue being their best year of touring.

Review coming soon.

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Music Journey: Pearl Jam – Stop #1: Ten – Alive, Why, Black

The journey continues with track #3 “Alive”

This song tells a story. A story that many can relate to. This song slows things up a little bit after the first two jams. This is a sing a long song for sure.

The chorus always has me singing at the top of my lungs “I’m still alive”

The most powerful lyrics come right after the nice little solo piece when Eddie sings:

“Is something wrong?” she said
Of course there is
“You’re still alive,” she said
Oh, and do I deserve to be?
Is that the question?
And if so…if so…who answers…who answers…?

WOW! And to hear Eddie sing these words really makes you want to sit in your bedroom and journal and ponder “Do I deserve to be?” As an adult I don’t have the same thoughts as I did growing up(thank goodness), but these lyrics are still ones to be processed. Who gets to decide?

Don’t forget the unbelievable guitar to end this song. It just builds up and ends with a smack to the face to get you ready for “Why Go”

Why Go probably one of the lesser known tracks on this album, but not any less of a song. Just as Eddie winds down on “Alive” the drums kick in for this track, followed by the guitars and we take off again on another ride. Eddie is angry. The music is angry and it just adds more fuel. Love it and of course you have to sing along with the the line, “Why go home?” And yes another guitar solo and will rock your socks.

From this jam we move onto “Black”. A nice slow, mellow vibe. Acoustic and Eddie to start and just a another song that grabs you and takes you on another little ride.

Sheets of empty canvas, untouched sheets of clay
Her legs spread out before me as her body once did
All five horizons revolved around her soul
As the earth to the sun
Now the air I tasted and breathed has taken a turn
Ooh, and all I taught her was everything
Ooh, I know she gave me all that she wore
And now my bitter hands chafe beneath the clouds
Of what was everything?
Oh, the pictures have all been washed in black, tattooed Everything…

I take a walk outside
I’m surrounded by some kids at play
I can feel their laughter, so why do I sear
Oh, and twisted thoughts that spin round my head
I’m spinning, oh, I’m spinning
How quick the sun can, drop away
And now my bitter hands cradle broken glass
Of what was everything
All the pictures have all been washed in black, tattooed everything…

All the love gone bad turned my world to black
Tattooed all I see, all that I am, all I’ll be…yeah…
Uh huh…uh huh…ooh…

I know someday you’ll have a beautiful life, I know you’ll be a star
In somebody else’s sky, but why, why, why
Can’t it be, can’t it be mine

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